Perhaps a more appropriate title would be ‘appleS‘ a day, because I have been canning apples every day for a week! Mrs. Homesteader was blessed with some apples, and she shared them with me…two BIG boxes of them. I have made applesauce, apple butter and apple topping…pints and quarts of it!
I have really enjoyed doing it. Bud helped a lot with the peeling and cutting out bad spots. I told Mrs. Homesteader that she helped ‘break me in’ to the canning process. I had bought a water bath canner years ago to make jelly–I had bought the ingredients at the grocery store. I’ve never had anything else to can, except for the time I tried to make lemon marmalade from the lemons on our tree at the last place we lived. It was horrible! We ended up throwing it out. I know this stuff is good, because we’ve already eaten some of it.
We were at the Hardware store last week, and we found (and bought) an apple peeler that peels, slices and cores. It helped speed up the process so much! It’s a really cool gadget. You can remove the corer/slicer off the end, and it will just peel the apples, too, if you want.
The apples were so sweet, that I didn’t have to sweeten the applesauce I made. I only made one batch of it with a little honey, and then realized after it cooled, that it didn’t even really need it, so the rest was made without it.
This was done on my little two-burner camp stove, too. 🙂 It was alright. I did just fine with it! It was fun.
I know this is ‘old hat’ and a ‘drop in the bucket’ for all of you seasoned, pro-canners out there, but I’m riding high on my success! I feel so good that I have some apple products put away for a later time. I’m hoping to get a pressure canner at some point in the future so that I can process the other things that require that method. I’m hoping we’ll be up to our ears with things to can when we start our real garden next spring.
Hope you all are having a great Monday!